Title: Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2)
Author: Rachel Reid
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 25th 2019
Genre(s): Sports Romance, Hockey
Page Count: 310
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.
Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.
Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.
As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…
This novel focuses on Shane’s and Ilya’s story and so well worth reading. I loved their dynamic interactions where they go head to head against each other. Their story drew me in from the start and I liked how it was so clear if it was present or past. We get to follow these two over the years and how they deal with the the threat of being exposed.
There’s angst but also love and care. It starts as something physical but even before they realized feelings were changing into love, I could feel how they started caring for each other while simultaenously starting to think it was time to stop. So well written by the author.
These two men comes from very different backgrounds. Shane is laid-back, social, and confident while Ilya is arrogant and cocky. Their rivalry is amped up by the media already before they even met. Sparks start flying and soon they can’t get enough of each other, although they tell themselves they should stop, their chemistry is too strong. It’s like an addiction.
As they are pro-hockey players, there’s a risk not only because of them being gay but also there’s an added problem- since they have been on opposing teams and painted out as die hard rivals- and the ending is dealing with this well, although I did feel as if the focus changed from being gay as the main problem to them being rivals as the main problem in the ending. And I did feel as if the book was a little long in the middle but at the same time I enjoyed reading about their interactions a lot.
This is definitely a hockey love story I recommend for fun reading.